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The Americanisation of Ireland

The Americanisation of Ireland
Migration and Settlement, 1841–1925


  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108486491

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  • Irish emigration to America is one of the clichés of modern Irish history; much less familiar is the reverse process. Who were the people who chose to return to Ireland? What motivated them? And what effect did this have on Irish society? While many European countries were more or less Americanised in this period, the Irish case was unique as so many Irish families had members in America. The most powerful agency for Americanisation, therefore, was not popular culture but circumstantial knowledge and personal contact. David Fitzpatrick demonstrates the often unexpected ways in which the reverse effects of emigration remoulded Irish society, balancing ground-breaking demographic research with fascinating accounts of individual experiences to assemble a vivid picture of this changing Irish society. He explores the transformative impact of reverse migration from America to post-Famine Ireland, and offers many and surprising insights into Ireland's growing population of American-born residents.

    • The first study of an important aspect of the Irish diaspora, of interest to all students of migration as well as of Irish history
    • Offers a rich, well-balanced, and often surprising perspective on modern Irish history
    • Presents complex arguments and statistical data alongside personal examples for a detailed yet accessible examination of reverse migration and its impact
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This splendid study is classic Fitzpatrick: a mixture of imaginative, and sometimes provocative, question-framing with rigorous hypothesis testing. Reverse migration is a topic rarely touched in Irish historical work; this will be recognised as a genuinely seminal work.' Donald H. Akenson, Queen's University, Ontario

    'Historians have assumed that the Irish returned from America in tiny numbers. In a book filled with brilliant insights and vivid details, Fitzpatrick demonstrates that reverse migration was considerable and had a significant impact. Drawing strikingly original conclusions from statistical sources, he offers a major new interpretation of Irish migration history.' Kevin Kenny, New York University

    'Statistically rich and based on a range of sources, this provocative study challenges how we currently perceive returned migrants and urges a new exploration of the field. Fitzpatrick provides the map and there is no doubt that this book will lead to further reinterpretations of the 'Americanisation' of Irish society.' Maria Luddy, University of Warwick

    'Challenging orthodoxies of Ireland as an insular sender of emigrants, Fitzpatrick's original study reverses priorities to explore those who came to Ireland. An original study of rich empirical quality, this book reframes our study of migratory cultures in post-Famine Ireland.' Donald M. MacRaild, University of Roehampton

    'A highly original study by one of Ireland's greatest historians. Making imaginative use of a rich body of archival sources and demographic data, this ground-breaking study of 'the returned Yank' raises important new questions about the relationship between migration and modernity.' Fearghal McGarry, Queen's University, Belfast

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108486491
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 82 b/w illus. 10 maps
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Ireland's American question
    1. Beyond emigration
    2. Cosmopolitan Ireland, 1841–1911
    3. America on show, 1901–1911: profile
    4. America on show: people
    5. America on show: special cases
    6. Americans in Leitrim, 1901–1911: profile
    7. Americans in Leitrim: people
    8. Visitors from America, 1914–1925: profile
    9. Visitors from America: motives
    10. Visitors from America: faces
    Questions unanswered.

  • Author

    David Fitzpatrick, Trinity College Dublin
    David Fitzpatrick (1948–2019) was a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the Academia Europaea and a graduate of the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge. He was an acknowledged pioneer in diverse aspects of modern Irish history, including migration and the Irish diaspora, the analysis of personal testimony to illuminate migration, the Irish revolutionary experience as revealed in local sources, the transformative impact of the Great War, and the underlying affinities between Ireland's Protestant and Catholic communities. His most recent books included Descendancy: Irish Protestant Histories since 1795 (Cambridge, 2014) and Ernest Blythe in Ulster: The Making of a Double Agent? (2018).

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